The good news for Israel is that the bar for mediocre Democratic politicians winning a Nobel Peace prize without accomplishing anything of note is a lot lower these days. Both Gore and Obama have their Nobel Peace prizes. It can’t be that hard to hand one to John Kerry.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon lashed into US Secretary of State John Kerry and savaged US-led peace talks with the Palestinians in private conversations, according to a Tuesday report in a major Israeli daily.
The unsourced report in the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper recounts Ya’alon lambasting the security proposals drawn up by Kerry as part of his peace plan as being “not worth the paper it is printed on” and something that won’t provide security for Israel.
The report also quotes Ya’alon calling Kerry “inexplicably obsessive” and “messianic” in his efforts to coax the two sides into a peace agreement. Ya’alon said Kerry has “nothing to teach me about the conflict with the Palestinians.
“All that can ‘save us’ is for John Kerry to win a Nobel Prize and leave us in peace,” the paper quotes him saying.
“What are you talking about?” Ya’alon was said to have directly retorted to assertions by Kerry recently that his security proposal would render Israel’s eastern border more tranquil that the US-Canada border.
“You’ve given us a plan based on advanced technologies — satellites, sensors, war rooms with TV screens — but with no presence in the field of our forces. How is that technology going to help when a Salafist or an Islamic Jihad terror cell tries to attack Israeli targets?” Ya’alon reportedly wondered.
“How are satellites going to quash the rocket-building industry that’s developing in Nablus and that will launch rockets at Tel Aviv and the center of the country?”
Ya’alon was quoted saying. “In practical terms for the last few months we’ve been holding talks not with the Palestinians, but with the Americans.”
He also lamented that the Palestinians had yet to give up anything in the ongoing peace negotiations, while Israel had “released murderers,” a reference to a series of prisoner discharges in which 78 longtime Palestinian terror convicts have been freed in recent months. “Enough is enough.”
Ya’alon is a good guy and it’s not implausible that he has some of these opinions, but Yedioth Ahronoth is a tabloid with very little credibility and plenty of agenda. Everything Ya’alon supposedly said is right and true enough. But whether he actually said it may be more doubtful.
Israeli tabloids and newspapers and Israeli officials have a tendency to make up quotes whenever they feel like it. Kerry is clearly getting on Israeli nerves. The left-wing politician has decided to stake his reputation on pushing through a final status agreement while remaining as clueless about the realities on the ground in other countries as ever.